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Joe Rogan Interview: Elon Musk Asks Biden Administration for Carbon Tax, Gets Denied

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This article was written free of political bias, reporting solely on the facts and reporting the beliefs and opinions of Elon Musk and Joe Rogan. This article does not represent the political or social views of the author.

Elon Musk's Meeting with the Biden Administration

Elon Musk, one of the most well-known personalities in the world, recently met with the Joe Biden administration on an issue that is very important for his companies: carbon credits.

He spoke to the Biden administration on ways to use the carbon credit in a way that helps a faster transition into renewable energy. He shared on Joe Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience many details of his meeting with the Biden administration.

Elon personally believes that the best way to encourage a shift into renewable energy is to put a price on carbon and to do this with the utilization of carbon credits, thus was his meeting with the Biden Administration.

What did the Biden Administration say to Elon Musk in response?

Continue reading below to find out the answer.

Joe Rogan and Elon Musk

Joe Rogan and Elon Musk

Elon Musk Interviewed by Joe Rogan in Podcast Episode #1609

In a recent interview on Joe Rogan's podcast, episode #1609, Elon Musk was asked about his meeting with the Biden Administration, and this is what Elon Musk said:

Elon Musk Asked Biden Administration for a Carbon Tax

"I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult.' And I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen.' And by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff."

Elon Musk was very candid on the carbon tax, and he said, "My top recommendation honestly would be just to have a carbon tax...because we're not pay for the CO2 capacity of the oceans and the atmosphere, we have what in economics is called an unpriced externality. The market is unable to respond to an unpriced externality. If we put a price on it, the market will react in a sensible way."

The Biden Administration's Response to Elon Musk

Joe Biden's Administration responded by saying it is "too politically difficult."

To this response, Elon Musk thought to himself, "That's at least half the reason you got elected, so why don't you just fight for that?"

Other Interesting Topics Covered in this Podcast Episode: Aliens & Exploding Rockets

It is interesting to note that in podcast episode #1609, Elon Musk also talks about aliens, and where they would exist if they existed. But ultimately, Elon has found no evidence of aliens on Earth, or anywhere else in space either.

Joe Rogan also asks Elon Musk what it is like to see his SpaceX Big Falcon Heavy rockets explode, and Elon Musk's response is that he expects them to explode during testing.

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(The video clip including these interesting topics can be seen below)


"If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don't have a price on it, it is behaving badly."

-Elon Musk on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Episode #1609


Joe Rogan's Past Podcast Comments on Joe Biden

In a November 2019 podcast of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan said:

"Biden, to me, is like having a flashlight with a dying battery and going for a long hike in the woods..."It is not going to work out. It's not going to make it." Rogan told his guest, journalist Matt Taibbi.

Then President Donald Trump then famously retweeted this clip on Twitter.

In an earlier podcast episode (August 2020) of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan said this about Joe Biden:

“I believe there is also a large group of people that are very uncomfortable with a man who seems to be mentally compromised winning the election and doing so by hiding."


The following sources were used in researching this article:

O'Kane, Sean. "Elon Musk says the Biden Administration shot down his carbon tax pitch." The Verge. URL:

"Elon Musk says Biden admin gave cold should on carbon tax." Times of India.

"Trump shares clip of Joe Rogan comparing Biden to 'flashlight' with 'dying battery'. Fox News. URL:


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